Foreign travel advice

Mongolia

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Mongolia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are arriving in the UK from Mongolia you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Mongolia is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Mongolia for foreign nationals is restricted, including by the current ban on commercial flights, though there are occasional charter flights. Anyone entering Mongolia must hold a valid long-stay visa (such as a work permit), permanent residency, or obtain a short-term (up to 60-day) business visa. You must also abide by local rules on COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, quarantine and self-isolation. You should contact your nearest Mongolian Embassy for the latest information and details on charter flight availability.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Mongolia, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

All scheduled commercial flights have been cancelled but there are occasional charter flights leaving Mongolia. See Return to the UK

Around 6,500 British nationals visit Mongolia annually. Most visits are trouble-free.

Mongolia takes border security very seriously and foreign nationals aren’t routinely permitted access to border areas. The authorities can regard zones of up to 100km inside the border as a border area. If you wish to travel in these areas, you must get permission from the State Frontier Guard Authority. Only a few specified land border crossings are open to foreigners. See Border crossings

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Mongolia, attacks can not be ruled out. See Terrorism

Avoid going out on foot alone at night. Foreigners stand out and can be targeted for attack because of their comparative wealth. See Crime.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.